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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA

Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner students, but I can refer you to my studio partner, Andrew. Please see his TakeLessons page here:
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Intermediate
Learn about music theory regarding rhythm, harmony, and melody and how it applies to the piano. Learn how to talk about music and improve how you read sheet music and lead sheets.

Advanced
Learn about more advanced rhythmic feels. Understand modal concepts, and how to use them to improve how you currently play. Venture past diatonic playing into full comprehension of out chords and certain types of chromaticism.

About Jesse

*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice, guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Voice
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. D
uring my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Lynn June 27, 2016
Drum · In studio
We've only had a few lessons with Jesse but my son really likes his teaching style and is always looking forward to his next lesson.
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Tiffany (student) June 24, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Jesse is a great teacher. He is very patient and caring. He taught my daughter at her pace. He tried using different methods to help my daughter to comprehend quicker and easier. I came there 10 minutes early. He started the lesson immediately. Also at the end of the lesson, he allowed parent time to discuss any concern I might have. We like Jesse a lot!
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Alan June 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Jesse is highly skilled and it was evident with every instrument I ever saw him play.

What sets him apart from a lot of other music teachers I have had is that he focuses on what YOU want to learn. He takes in account your current skill level and incorporates the necessary practice regiments that will help you improve while still keeping it fun and engaging.

It is also awesome that he provides band lessons. Learning to play with others is an integral part of learning and enjoying music. I wish such a thing was available back when I was first learning how to play an instrument.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Marwan S.

San Jose, CA

Playing piano is fun! So should your piano lessons.

I've taught piano since I was in high school, and continued to teach as a student at Cornell University. I also taught theory classes in the Cornell Piano Society, where I also served as President for 4 years.

Why? I simply love music, piano, and sharing it with others.

About Marwan

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I started playing piano at the age of 3, and started writing music at the age of 6.
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Laura September 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Marwan makes learning piano fun!
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Laura September 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Marwan makes learn
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Yuko Y. April 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
So far I've had 5 classes with Marwan and I have to say he is GREAT!!

He has helped me improved significantly within this short period with both piano skills and theories. Marwan makes sure to understand your skill level and music knowledge in the 1st class and prepare the class based on your current skill level. I am in my late 20's and considered a beginner player, I was a little nervous in the beginning that I won't be able to learn as quickly as younger kids do and might struggle. But that thought disappeared immediately after my first 2 classes with Marwan. He understood it very well about what I wanted to learn and needed to improve at that stage. The class with him is super FUN.

I've had other instructors in the past but I always ended losing interests in playing after a while for various reasons. Because of that, in comparison I can say Marwan is very different from my past instructors and experiences, I enjoy the class very much and always look forward to the following week's class to find out what I will learn next.
He can be strict sometimes but because of that, you are always reminded what's not right with your plays.

I am very satisfied so far and HIGHLY RECOMMEND Marwan!!!
(But at the same time if he gets tooooo popular, I will be sad not to have the flexibility of getting his classes...lol)
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Marwan S.

Marwan S.

San Jose, CA 95126
(4)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA

I love teaching piano! I have been teaching all levels for many years. I hold a Doctorate in Piano Performance, an Artist Diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Austria, and a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. I am especially strong in teaching technique, sightreading, and repertoire. I have also had extensive Suzuki teacher training. My students do very well at competitive and non-competitive events. And they have loads of fun!

About DeAnna

Hello! I have been teaching piano since 1982 when I finished my degree in piano performance. I also have a Doctorate in Piano Performance, and have an artist diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. However, I think what makes me special is that I combine a friendly approach to teaching with high standards. My students do well in competitive and non-competitive events. And, they have fun!
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Junko September 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
My daughter started taking piano lessons with DeAnna about a month ago. She has been really enjoying DeAnna's lessons and I can already hear that she has improved quite a bit. DeAnna is warm, caring, and patient. Her lessons have a good balance of technique and musicality. She gives very specific practice plans every week that are easy to follow. We are so glad we found her!
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shelly September 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
As a complete beginner, I really had no idea how to begin with piano. I'm so glad that I found DeAnna and have her as my piano teacher! She's really patient, knowledgeable and always makes sure the lesson is well organized. Before the first lesson, she sent me a list that needs to be prepared before first lesson. I could feel she must be very experienced at that time, and it turned out to be true in the following lessons!

She's a really good teacher. Not only her piano teaching skill is perfect, but also she treats her student very kindly and always smiles and encourages me. I appreciate her a lot, cuz she helps me to keep my learning enthusiasm, which makes me feel I can finally become an amateur pianist! Haha

Thank her a lot!
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Helen N. May 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today is my first lesson, I found Deanna to be a caring professional
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DeAnna H.

DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(4)
starting at
$75 / 45-min
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA

Beginning Piano students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn the basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to piano. They will become fluent in the 12 basic keys to a degree where you can play simple songs in any of them.

About Melissa

I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will s
tudy similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.

What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Diana August 27, 2016
Watercolor Painting · In home
Verified Student
Melissa was a great teacher. She was clear, patient, and provided the right amount of instruction. She provided very interesting information about the subject. I really enjoyed the lesson and will continue.
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Ankita D. August 24, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Very nice and knowledgeable
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Hirouki August 7, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Melissa was very friendly. I like her teaching style which she told us some theory. This made me get better understanding,
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(19)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Andrew I.

Sunnyvale, CA

I will teach you beginner piano so you can learn to play with both hands on the keys and learn to know your notes and chords.

About Andrew

I have been playing and studying music in a variety of settings since 2008. I have performance experience with both classical ensembles and contemporary rock bands. This has given me experience in writing music, playing music, and ensemble management all within a wide range of musical styles.

I have been training people in various fields since 2013. I am currently a junior instructor at MTS Studios in Sunnyvale CA where I teach a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and ukulele.

I am looking forward to helping you further your musical goals and aspirations
. Feel free to send a question if you want to ask about anything before starting up.
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Lisa Waxman September 15, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Andrew is extremely patient and knowledgable! Great teacher who will personalize the lesson to meet your level/needs.
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Lisa Waxman September 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew is very knowledgable and patient! Easy to work with and very flexible.
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Melissa M. August 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Andrew is a fantastic teacher that is always looking for new ways to help his students reach their goals. He is constantly looking to get better, not only as a musician, but as in instructor. He can definitely help anyone learn a new instrument or help hone your skills if you are a bit more advanced!
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Andrew I.

Andrew I.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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